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Antioch church shooting

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As at many churches, Wednesday night is fellowship night at the Brentwood Hills Church of Christ.

Up to 300 worshippers mill through the church gymnasium during the evening meal — a line of women in autumn-themed aprons serves spaghetti, salad and sweet tea to retirees, children and parents fresh from work.

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Midday at the senior center in Dickson, and Police Sergeant David Cole is giving his audience a pep talk.

He admits that seemingly random killings have injected an element of fear into public life. One that could lead people to conclude that they're defenseless any time they gather together.

"And some people would say, 'I can defend against it. I won't go,'" he says, triggering a knowing chuckle from the audience. "Well, if you don't do that, they win. They win."

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The minister of the Antioch church where a gunman opened fire on Sunday, killing one woman and injuring six other people, says he's doing well but remains at a loss as to why his small congregation came under attack.

Mayor Megan Barry urged Nashville to remember the victims and to resist the urge for vengeance as police search for the answers behind this weekend's shooting at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch.

Blake Farmer / WPLN

Congregants who were inside Burnette Chapel Church of Christ during the shooting Sunday morning are beginning to talk through the deadly episode.

Mary Pitts says the shots started just as church was about to dismiss. She was near a restroom and locked herself inside with another woman until the gunfire stopped.

Blake Farmer / WPLN

Updated at 4:45 p.m.

One person was killed and seven were injured when a gunman opened fire at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, according to the Nashville Police Department. The shooter, identified by police as 25-year-old Emanuel Kidego Samson, was also wounded.